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Representing clients in wrong site surgery cases

A previous post on this blog talked about the possibility that, in a busy Georgia operating room, a person who thought they were going in to surgery in order to get better comes out of the operation in a worse condition because the doctor did the wrong surgery or was confused about which part of the body to operate on.

Wrong-site surgery: more common than one might think

A type of medical malpractice that is a big newsmaker is what is commonly referred to as "wrong-site" surgery. More specifically, these types of medical mistakes are called WSPEs, so as to refer to the fact that wrong-site surgeries can also refer to surgical procedures done on the wrong patient and incorrect procedures done on the right patient.

The medical community refers to these events as "never" events in that they should not happen if a doctor and his supporting staff are exercising reasonable care. Another way to look at these types of incidents is that they would more often than not be good grounds for pursuing a medical malpractice case.

Seroquel's 'off-label' marketing may keep raising eyebrows

Even though some doctors won't prescribe it except in critical situations given its side effects, Seroquel remains a popular drug for the treatment of schizophrenia. Thanks in part to the drug manufacturer's efforts, many doctors also rely on the drug to treat an array of other ailments.

But the drug in fact has a checkered past. In the mid-2000s, the federal Food and Drug Administration, which regulates the marketing and sale of prescription medications, alleged that the manufacturer was not being forthright in its description of the drug's drawbacks and risks.

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Floyd County residents, like the rest of Americans, depend on their doctors to prescribe the right drugs to cure their ills when they get sick. For the most part, these medical practitioners do their best to ensure that patients receive the correct treatment protocols and medications that will soon have them on the fast track toward good health once again.

Unfortunately, the same can't always be said for major pharmaceutical companies. With eyes focused on their companies' bottom lines and profit margins, some who should know better in the industry ignore the warning signs that a drug may pose a significant safety risk to patients to whom it's prescribed.

How can doctors miss cancer?

Cancer is a leading killer in the United States. Many symptoms are well-known, just to the general public. Even so, medical professionals with years of training and experience often miss the signs.

How does it happen? There are a multitude of reasons. Sometimes, it's just a perfect storm for the patient, and that late diagnosis can cause the disease to turn deadly.

How to dramatically reduce your car accident risks

There are many things we can do to reduce the chances of getting into a car crash. While nothing will render you "bulletproof" against involvement in a collision, by following the below advice, you will lower the statistical likelihood of you and your passengers suffering injuries in a car accident.

If you ignore all other advice, please follow these three tips:

What your settlement should include after a car crash

You never saw the other vehicle coming. The last thing you remember about your day was getting into your vehicle that morning. You don't remember the crash that resulted in your car being totaled. You don't remember going into surgery or getting pins in your legs.

Now that you have woken up and know your situation, you're questioning what you have to do to get better. You know you can file a lawsuit against the driver who struck you or obtain compensation through a settlement, but how much do you need? What do you need for the future?

Defective hip implants can cause serious problems for patients

Having severe pain in the hip from the joint degrading or an injury to the socket will often lead a person to head to the doctor. Sometimes patients learn that they need to have a hip replacement.

Once the decision is made to replace the hip, the surgeon will discuss the type of device that will be used with the patient. Patients who have had metal-on-metal hip implants have found that there are some serious issues with these devices.

Surgical errors must be prevented before they cause harm

Putting your life in the hands of a surgeon can be nerve-wracking. You have to trust that the surgeon is going to do what is best for you while you are under anesthesia. There are several things that can go wrong after the anesthesiologist puts you under.

If you are facing surgery or have recently recovered from a surgical procedure, knowing some of the common surgical errors and how they might be prevented may be beneficial. Here are some important points to know:

How broken bones affect adults in crashes

As most people probably assume, broken bones can affect people differently depending on age and health. If you get into a car accident, one of the most common breaks that result is in the forearms. You may take much of the impact of the crash through your arms, causing fractures along the length of the bones. The wrist, fingers, near the elbow or other areas could fracture easily depending on the angle at which you're holding the wheel and the force of the impact.

After a crash, it's usually necessary to go to the hospital right away. There, you'll likely go through imaging tests to determine how serious the breaks are. Acute breaks may require surgery to "pin" the bones back together and set them. In rare cases, an amputation may be necessary for badly-injured arms.

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